DECEMBER 02, 2013 by SARAH SKWIRE
Emile Zola vividly illustrates the pleasures and perils of shopping, particularly the power of well-displayed merchandise to stir up longing and desire. Despite the usual bromides of the Christmas shopping season, this isn't necessarily a bad thing.
NOVEMBER 14, 2013 by SARAH SKWIRE
Executive Suite offers a compelling look at the qualities--including a powerful sense of responsibility to employees--that make up the ideal CEO and define committed entrepreneurs.
OCTOBER 31, 2013 by SARAH SKWIRE
A grisly tale perfectly suited for Halloween, Chaucer's "The Pardoner's Tale" is often said to be about the evils of money. But taking a closer look at the source suggests there's something more complex going on.
OCTOBER 04, 2013 by SARAH SKWIRE
Entrepreneurship takes a lot of guts and hard work. But it isn't for everybody; John O'Hara does a good job explaining why.
How to make fairy tales out of inspirational stories
SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 by SARAH SKWIRE
The Toothpaste Millionaire should be an inspiring story about entrepreneurship. Instead, thanks to decades of government intervention, it's just a fairy tale.
SEPTEMBER 06, 2013 by SARAH SKWIRE
Shakespeare's Henry V can be read as pro-war or anti-war. Focusing on either one misses the point of the play--and of literature in general.
AUGUST 23, 2013 by SARAH SKWIRE
Jane Austen usually discusses her characters' finances; even those who face no financial burdens receive close scrutiny for their decision-making processes. This makes her novels excellent venues for modeling economic concepts and--with Emma, anyway--critiquing the hubris of central planners.
AUGUST 09, 2013 by SARAH SKWIRE
At once a war story, a romance, an adventure story, and a tragedy, A Town Like Alice tells of one character's thorough working out of the bourgeois virtues.
How we talk about works matters
JULY 26, 2013 by SARAH SKWIRE
Studs Terkel's survey of working illustrates the link between the way we talk about work and how we think about it.